Carrie Fertig is a maker in flameworked glass and socially engaged interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, sound, installation and sculpture. She is the 2020 recipient of the Jane Adams Wait Residency in Performance at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York. Most of her work is collaborative like musical project Torcher Chamber Arkestra, using all glass instruments, some of which are made live in the fire during performances, combining live percussion, electronics, movement and sound design.
Fertig often uses glass in projects for it’s sonic potential and it’s ability to be a blank canvas for participants to explore vital human topics. Long term projects and research subjects include making compelling environments in which to die, and the process of forgiving. Collaborating with museums and other organisations has enabled Fertig to work with diverse supported groups including veterans, asylum seekers, MC’s, and the elderly with dementia. Fertig makies safe and compelling situations and environments where people can discover and examine their deepest selves and that which they hold most close to their hearts.
In spring 2021 Fertig developed Plummet, a performance/video work using glass for climate crisis centred UNFIX Festival, supported by Aberdeenshire-based arts centre The Barn, in the inaugural UNFIX Residency.
Fertig using glass to cause good in the world, increase well-being, and open the dialogue about what craft is and its potential for transformation.